I’ve never been one for following the rules and anytime I can add bacon, believe you me I WILL! I came across bacon banana bread years ago at a local store in Vancouver. My pet peeve when adding bacon to sweets is that usually the pieces are always too small and never enough chocolate. My motto with baking if the recipe isn’t perfect, make it your own. There is Nothing wrong with making the sweet a little spicy.
Cayenne pepper was the one item, I was nervous and excited to include. I was unsure, not knowing how it would play with the other and how much was too much, however, I knew that the right amount would make it amazing! Sometimes you have to trust your instinct and just pour it in and hope for the best! Adding cayenne pepper was the perfect addition to the smoky dry cured bacon and sweetness of the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
This experiment was bang on! The Cayenne pepper, chocolate chips and bacon took an old classic comfort food and revamped it into a sweet, spicy and smokey treat for everyone to enjoy! A new take on banana bread that is delightfully sweet and spicy.
My grandma always had a freezer full of banana’s and my favourite part of our visits was that she always had a banana loaf handy. Warmed up in the microwave with butter spread on top and big glass of hot chocolate was the perfect warm up on a winters day.
This treat is the perfect way to make use of old banana’s that have gone too ripe. The best part is that it’s perfect for freezing and warming on a need to have basis. Enjoy!